The band show their generosity on the second day of the Manchester music fest...
GREEN DAY led day two of MANCHESTER’s NME-sponsored ‘MOVE’ festival last night (July 11) by giving away a guitar.
Following the power trio’s regular routine of bringing three audience members up onstage, Billie Joe Armstrong gave his red SG model to the ‘guitarist’ fan at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The moment was just one highlight of a headline appearance that comprised hits like ‘Basket Case’, ‘Welcome To Paradise’ and ‘Minority’, alongside a ska-tinged version of Lulu’s ‘Shout’.
A singer Jason Perry took the opportunity to plug British rock by enthusiastically pointing out that they were the only British act on the day’s bill.
However, bassist Daniel P Carter was philosophical about any snubbing of other British acts, telling NME.COM after the show, “That’s just the way it goes. We decided we weren’t going get all, ‘We’re doing this for Blighty! It’s good, we’re adding up our list of sporting venues; we played a bullring, but cricket is a bit less gory.”
Their US counterparts, meanwhile, were just as enthusiastic about the
festival. Rival Schools singer Chris Ardoin had arrived early yesterday to catch Rival Schools, and he told NME.COM: “He’s getting older, but still it was a good show. I’m not a huge fan but I like a lot of his songs. I just wanted to see him because he was in front of an English crowd, to see him in front of his own people.”
Meanwhile, Less Than Jake frontman Walter Schreiffels was impressed by the Mancunian hygiene. After playing Glastonbury last month, he told NME.COM,
“This is sort of more of like a show, and Glastonbury’s like, I felt this hippy undercurrent to it. There’s some sort of like a druid, Stonehenge kind of shit involved in it that just felt like the earth and the people and the hippy vibe. And this is just like a show, but a fucking good show.”
Both bands are currently en route to Scotland for appearances at T In The Park.